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According to a blog on turbo taxes site, last year's consensus stated that many Americans defined Australia, Italy, Ireland, and New Zealand as a dream come true vacation if they had the money to go.

While the above list is still considered dream vacations, people are now opening their eyes wider to more interesting and less traveled to areas.  Here are two countries you can travel to on your tax refund.

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  • Cuba--Obama and his administration have opened an old policy back up that has not been in effect since Bill Clinton was President.  This policy allows U.S residents to travel to Cuba in what is know as the "people to people" tour.  In many countries, travel vacation packages have access to just about whatever and wherever.  Not so in Cuba.  If you intend to book a ticket to Cuba with your tax refund check, understand that your travel is only centered around the cultural aspect.  NPR.org states this, "travelers would be risking a fine from the U.S. Treasury Department, which doesn't allow Americans to go to Cuba in an independent, unstructured way."

With this in mind, there is the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition Tour on May 20-25th.  This celebration only happens every two years, and Insightcuba.com explains that this year's celebration is "Art Practices and Social Imagery", which will explore the meaning of "public art" through exhibitions that examine urban spaces, interactive media, and multidisciplinary projects."  This will be a great way for you to get to know the people in the age old expression of oneself--art.myanmar vacation

  • Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)--This country has not had a re-election in 20 years, but since last November, their leader has been replaced.  While their polls were not legitimate or fair according to internationally accepted standars, this has allowed tourism back in their country.  Some very important information to know is from the http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1077.html.  "Tourist facilities in Rangoon, Bagan, Ngapali Beach, Inle Lake, and Mandalay are superior to tourist facilities in other parts of the country, where they are limited or nonexistent. Please note that you should travel with sufficient cash to cover your expenses for the duration of your visit. Traveler’s checks and credit cards are not accepted anywhere, and ATM machines are nonexistent in Myanmar."  This Asian country is very beautiful, its people friendly and steeped in religion and family.  You will not want to miss traveling here with your tax refund.  Guided tours are recommended.

While not exactly dream vacations for some, but they are definitely worth checking out as they are rich in both culture and history, and travel to these countries is now possible with your tax refund.  For those who have traveled to these countries recently, some personal insights and travel recommendations would be great.

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